Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

COVID-19 Information

August 17, 2020

Click here to read Whitehead Institute's communications and resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak


FEATURED


APRIL 7, 2020

BEYOND THE LAB BENCH: A LOOK AT THE TRADITIONS THAT MAKE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE UNIQUE

Going the distance: running at Whitehead Institute


APRIL 1, 2020

INTRODUCING BIONOOK

Whitehead Institute's new resource for students, parents, and teachers.


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JUNE 8, 2020

VIDEO: SPRING 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

How viral RNA flexes to express different genes, a new model for studying human cancers in mice, and more: learn about the latest findings from Whitehead Institute researchers in this Research Highlights video.


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February 26, 2020

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: Biology All-STARS

Discover how graduate student Zak Swartz in Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman's lab uses colorful bat stars to study how cells divide.


PODCAST

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AUDIOHELICASE PODCAST: OLIVIA CORRADIN ON A NEW WAY TO PROBE DISEASE GENETICS

Whitehead Fellow Olivia Corradin talks about investigating the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis, running a lab during the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluating scientific information in a time of uncertainty.


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Biogenesis Podcast: José Orozco of the Sabatini lab on finding his own way to help patients

Hear how José Orozco, an MD-PhD student in the Sabatini lab, seeks to make a difference in patients' lives by tackling big mysteries about how our cells work, and how their dysfunction leads to disease. 

In the News

September 24, 2020

Type 1 diabetes from a beta cell’s perspective

A new experimental system shows how insulin-producing beta cells react under autoimmune attack during type 1 diabetes; the results could lead to better treatments

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September 23, 2020

These genes help explain how malaria parasites survive treatment with common drug

Whitehead Institute Member Sebastian Lourido’s CRISPR screen technique reveals factors in parasites’ susceptibility to antibiotics

September 16, 2020

Bringing new energy to mitochondria research

Whitehead Institute researchers may have identified the long-sought after transport molecule for NAD, a molecule used to produce the energy that powers our cells.

September 8, 2020

COVID-19 scientific leaders share expertise in new MIT class

A new MIT course on the Covid-19 pandemic, available to the public online, brings together top Covid-19 experts to educate students on up-to-date pandemic science.

August 25, 2020

A lab away from lab: Virtual summer program lets students do science at home

Whitehead Institute’s science program for middle schoolers, Expedition: Bio, took place online this year but still managed to give students lots of hands-on science experience.

Announcements


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SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

TWO WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE SCIENTISTS RECEIVE AWARDS FROM THE VILCEK FOUNDATION

Institute Director Ruth Lehmann was awarded the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science, and Fellow Silvi Rouskin received the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. View all winners, or read profiles of Lehmann and Rouskin


August 28, 2020

Open positions at Whitehead INstitute and MIT Biology

Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at M.I.T. are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions in infectious disease and fundamental biology at the Assistant Professor level. Completed applications will begin to be considered on October 10, 2020. 


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July 13, 2020

New Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann featured in the Boston Globe

Lehmann talks to Globe reporter Jonathan Saltzman about immigration policy, America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of biomedical research in these uncertain times. (Photo: Lane Turner, Boston Globe Staff)


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July 13, 2020

ANKUR JAIN AND PULIN LI APPOINTED TO PRESTIGIOUS CHAIRS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provost Martin A. Schmidt has announced that two Whitehead Institute Members -- Ankur Jain and Pulin Li -- have been appointed to MIT career development professorships. 


June 30, 2020

A LETTER OF THANKS FROM DAVID PAGE TO THE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE COMMUNITY


June 26, 2020

TWO WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE MEMBERS NAMED TO ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS

Mary Gehring and Iain Cheeseman are recipients of named chairs. 


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june 9, 2020

FROM DAVID PAGE: A LETTER TO THE WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE COMMUNITY

Whitehead Institute adds our voice to all of those who are denouncing the hatred and racism that underlie recent tragic events, and we call upon our community to challenge prevailing attitudes and institutional biases.  


June 4, 2020

STEM CELL RESEARCHER YUKIKO YAMASHITA JOINS WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

The internationally renowned developmental biologist will be the inaugural incumbent of the Susan Lindquist Chair for Women in Science at Whitehead Institute.


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June 3, 2020

GRADUATE STUDENT KRISTINA LOPEZ RECEIVES FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

The award aims to encourage diversity in college and university faculties by supporting graduate students. 


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